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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Daniel

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) new state budget is tailor made to do two things: endear him to conservatives and enrage liberals, both in and out of Wisconsin. The budget is widely perceived in Wisconsin as an opening salvo in Walker's 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, a way to solidify his bona fides with the conservative primary base.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went to London's Chatham House think tank on Wednesday and he didn't want to talk about evolution or foreign policy. Instead, he wanted to talk about cheese.

During his appearance, Walker declined to answer questions from the audience, saying "I just don't think you talk about foreign policy while you're on foreign soil."

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Ethan Czahor, who was named former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's chief technology officer for the ex-governor's political action committee on Monday, has a history of posting derogatory comments about women and gay men on Twitter.

The tweets were highlighted by Buzzfeed a few hours after Time magazine broke the news that Czahor, the co-founder of Hipster.com, was moving to Bush's likely 2016 presidential operation. After the Time story, the tweets from
@czahor began to disappear.

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Since news broke that Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) has an ornately-decorated congressional office styled after a room from Downton Abbey, there's been an increased focus on the Illinois congressman's spending. Schock, according to Politico and USA Today, charters private planes, stays in some of the most expensive hotels around the world, and uses a personal photographer. Here are a few of Schock's more lavish indulgences.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has projected an anti-Obamacare line like the rest of his likely competitors in the 2016 field. But unlike the rest of them, Bush has been largely absent from the roiling national debate on heath care since he left office eight years ago.

To be sure, Bush has condemned Obamacare like essentially every other proud Republican, saying it's "flawed to the core" and "doesn't work." But when it comes to getting wonky, Bush has been more eager to talk about immigration reform or education, his signature policy areas.

Despite more than 20 years in public life, including two terms as governor of Florida, there is precious little in the public record about Bush's fundamental positions on the key health care policy issues. That leaves some major questions about Bush's views on health care, particularly Obamacare.

Does Bush advocate full repeal of the law? What is his preferred alternative? Does he support bringing back Obamacare's crucial subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates them in over 30 states this summer?

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